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You might have seen activated charcoal in your medicine cabinet but ignored it. You might have even spotted it in the beauty aisle in the supermarket and not paid any attention. Next time, grab activated charcoal immediately because activated charcoal is used in a range of skincare products and is currently one of the hottest ingredients for face masks. It detoxifies your skin thoroughly and is a safe and inexpensive detoxification remedy. Read further to know more about charcoal uses and DIY recipes.
What is it?
Activated Charcoal is a black, odorless powder which absorbs harmful substances from your skin due to its porous structure. It carries a net negative charge and thus attracts toxins and heavy metals having positive charges. So, it grabs and binds toxins and prevent them getting into your blood. The best part is that your body doesn’t absorb charcoal at all.
When to use activated charcoal?
Activated charcoal is used to detoxify and beautify your skin, or for other beauty hacks, whenever you want. It is also recommended that you use it after heavy drinking or eating any food type that can create problems for your body.
How to use activated charcoal?
Activated charcoal has a lot of DIY recipes that achieve a range of beauty goals. Some of those are listed below.
- Activated Charcoal Acne Treatment
For treatment of acne and spots, mix the following in equal measure and rub the resulting paste smoothly over your skin.
- 1 capsule of activated charcoal
- 2 tsp of aloe vera gel
- Plain water/ Rosewater
- Tea tree oil (optional ingredient)
After it has dried, rinse it off completely with (preferably warm) water. This way, activated charcoal will bind the toxins and dirt particles that result in formation of acne and spots and takes them back with it itself!
- Activated Charcoal Dry Skin Treatment
- 1 tbsp of coconut oil
- ½ tbsp activated charcoal powder
- ½ tbsp ground coffee
Mix these ingredients and apply the paste on your skin in slow, circular motions. Wash it off after 3-5 mins. You will see visible difference in your skin.
- Activated Charcoal Facemask
- ½ tsp bentonite clay
- ½ tsp activated charcoal powder
- ½ tsp matcha green tea powder (optional ingredient)
- 1 ½ tsp water
Mix the bentonite clay, charcoal powder, and matcha green tea in a bowl. Add water to the mixture till you deem it consistent enough. Wash your face thoroughly and apply the mixture. After 15 minutes, wash it off with warm water.
These are just few of the lots of DIY recipes you can try with activated charcoal powder.
Remember, the activated charcoal powder is NOT the charcoal you use in barbecue grills. That charcoal is totally different and contains lots of harmful toxins and chemical. So, differentiate the two and try these DIY recipes at home! Comment below about your experience with charcoal uses and DIY recipes.
Frequently Asked Questions about Activated Charcoal
What is activated charcoal?
It is the charcoal made from different sources such as wood, coconut shell, bamboo, or coal, that is then “activated”, with steam or acid. This process carves away the internal structure of the charcoal particles producing a much higher [internal] surface area. This “activated charcoal” is then used in thousands of applications primarily to adsorb unwanted chemicals so that they can be neutralized or removed completely from the product that is being “cleaned”.
How long will activated charcoal last?
If stored in airtight containers, activated charcoal has an almost indefinite shelf life.
Does it expire?
If left exposed to the environment, in time, activated charcoal will adsorb various pollutants and eventually “fill up.” Otherwise, if stored securely, there is no expiration limit other than what certain arbitrary governmental regulations may require as a maximum.
Is it Food Grade?
Activated Charcoal is considered GRAS – “Generally Recognized As Safe”. More than this, some manufacturers may go a step farther and have their product certified under several different agencies such as NSF, USP, UL, ASTM, ANSI, AWWA…
Can you grind Granular Activated Charcoal (GAC) into Powder (PAC)?
Yes, you can. But unless you take the extra time, and effort it will not be as fine a powder as is commercially made. You will also quickly find it is a vey messy process
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